Hermina Krista Pettiford is the women’s ministry leader in her local church – New Covenant Tabernacle located San Diego, CA where she lives with her family. She has a B. A. in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary. Her belief is that the Spirit of God and the Word of God work together to create dynamic power for living the Christian life, thus, she ministers with a solid Biblical message and with the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Her desire is to see women and families strengthened through God’s Word and their relationship with God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She has written out of her own life experiences, and her gift and love of writing to and for the Lord.
Her latest book is Surrendered Balance: Daily Living for the Modern Christian Woman, published by Makk Publishing Company (November 30, 2010).
Thank you for this interview, Hermina. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’ve been writing for at least 10 years now. I started writing more after I became a Christian. Before that I was more of a reader than a writer. I love to read. After my salvation experience I started writing more to give expression to my newfound spiritual experience with a loving God and as a form of prayer. I am a single mother by divorce; I have four children. However, God has healed our hearts and home. I love to spend time gardening, writing, reading, and worshipping the Lord. I love the beauty of the sky and the ocean in their different times and seasons. My children and I are so funny together we’ve been told by many friends and family that we should have our own reality show. My desire is to write and minister the Gospel fulltime one day very soon.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
Surrendered Balance Daily Living for the Modern Christian Womanwas written to help Christian women balance life in a modern world in which time is a commodity there’s always too little of. Thus, we must take time to keep our Christian priorities at the top of our to-do-lists. I have found that these priorities are common to all women and even men who have traditional values and believe in God. They are: nourishing our spirits (spending time with God), quality time with family, being present for our children, healthy home habits (eating right), fellowship with others like-minded people (going to church), respite and times of renewal (caring for ours selves), and getting to know our “self” (who God made us to be). In the book I devote a chapter to each of these principles and then I share ways to make time for them all without becoming overtaken by the busyness of modern-life. We can have both, an abundant spiritual life and fulfilled material life, when we surrender our time and our to-do-list to God, we gain the balance needed to a life of wholeness.
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?
My intended audience was working Christian women and mothers; however the principles of the book have been attracting men and non-Christians as well. The book has crossed over, in fact, I have been asked to write another Surrendered Balance book that isn’t just for women.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I choose Christian women because I am one and this book was written to help them, us, balance the responsibilities of modern living without neglecting our relationship with Christ.
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?
Yes, I always ask myself if what I’m writing is valuable and implementable for readers. There are so many self-help and inspirational books available that my prayer and my goal is always to write things that readers can apply to their lives and produce results, not just be inspired for a moment.
Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place?
I have four children and work full-time and I am a single-parent so I write when and where I can. Mainly I write in the late evenings on couch in the family room or at work when I have down time, probably because these are the only “quiet times” I get. My favorite place to write is on the couch in the family room.
What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?
The main research I had to do for Surrendered Balance was for my weekly devotionals in part two of the book entitled “Putting the Plan into Action.” I used scriptures and Bible themes throughout each devotional to relate the message. In doing that my goal was to not use the passages out context and thereby misrepresent the text. Therefore I had to make sure what I was writing was accurate. For instance, in writing the devotional “The Scent of Our Prayers” I discuss the Most Holy Placewhich is the innermost part of the Tabernacle of Moses, and I discuss the prayers of the saints going up before the Lord written about in the book of Revelations. Both of these ideas I tried to communicate in a simple way that the reader can then relate to their own prayers, however it had to be truthful.
Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them? Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent?
My publisher is Makk Publishing Company which I decided to start over the four year time period it took me to write my first book. As I was researching how to get published I decide if done right, self-publishing would be a better option for me. It allows me to manage and direct my entire projects, including wholesale price, list price, cover designed, final edit and marketing. All the things that matter most I had the final say over and I don’t split my earnings with anyone else. Of course, I hire industry professionals to do edit and design work while I take care of the business aspect of things.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Thus far I have a blog and a weekly devotional that goes out via email. Within the email is information about the book – where it can be purchased, where people can meet me and follow me online. Locally, I do book signings or speaking engagements at least once a month. However, I have found that my online tour is much more effective and lasting because the footprints I make online will always be there to generate new interest, whereas a traditional book signing is for that one day and that one time only. If people don’t show that opportunity is missed for me, the author.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
I would say start promoting before the book is released. Get online – Facebook, Twitter, and your own blog platform, and keep them updated regularly. Reach out. This will build your following and build anticipation for the book’s release.
What’s next for you?
Another Surrendered Balance book and a Separate devotional are next for me along with getting more involved in ministry. I have burden to see the lost saved and bring more souls into the Kingdomof Godby sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for this interview, Krista. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Friend me on Facebookat http://www.facebook.com/herminakristapettiford#!/
Follow me on Twitterat http://twitter.com/#!/kristapettiford
Follow my Blog and sign up for the Surrendered Balance Weekly Devotional atwww.surrenderedbalance.com
You can order your copy of Surrendered Balance at the Barnes & Noble Book Store at 4485 Virginia Beach Blvdor Books-A-Million at 3312 Princess Anne Road.